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Mauney, a freelance wildlife filmmaker based in Namibia, and James, a news correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Dateline and other programs, have maintained a remarkable friendship since they were both 12-year-old girls growing up in the genteel circles of Richmond, Va. While their mothers' generation was expected to marry socially suitable husbands, their daughters grew up with wider possibilities. Mauney left Richmond to become arm-candy for a world-class tennis player, who dropped her just when she was beginning to look for a wedding ring. James was too busy building a career in broadcasting to put much energy into finding a man. It wasn't until Mauney's romance hit bottom that the two became close again. In alternating chapters, they record their unfolding lives from their mid-20s through their 40s, with Mauney working in rural Africa and James in fast-lane New York City. Their divergent paths turn out to be quite parallel in the end, as they contemplate their children's developing friendship. By giving sensitive support to each other at key moments, these two women both found their way to balancing marriage, motherhood and creative careers. Their book-a sweet summer read-pays tribute to the advances that feminism brought to a generation of young women and to the enduring value of female friendship. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

James is an award-winning correspondent, and Mauney has settled into Etosha National Park, befriending baboons. But the real story here is their 30-year friendship. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"With grit, honesty, and humor.Their engrossing tale of friendship celebrates the importance of having a confidante." -- More Magazine, HOT SUMMER READS
"Filled with.concerns about love, work, men, marriage and motherhood.that could be a favorite of women's reading groups." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The Bach Minuet of memoirs.two vastly different stories.woven into the other to form a single, gorgeous melody." -- Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe and the forthcoming Suicide Wood
"Rich tales.A unique window into modern women's quest for meaning and calm in an ever more chaotic world." -- Gwendolyn Bounds, author of Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, A Town, and the Search for What Matte
"Their book.pays tribute to the advances that feminism brought.and to the enduring value of female friendship. -- Publishers Weekly
"Filled with...concerns about love, work, men, marriage and motherhood...that could be a favorite of women's reading groups."--Kirkus Reviews
"Their book...pays tribute to the advances that feminism brought...and to the enduring value of female friendship.--Publishers Weekly
"Sometimes the most unlikely people become best friends...a wonderful book."--CBS This Morning
"Dateline NBC's Sara James and her great friend Ginger Mauney have mastered the art of staying connected."--Today Show
"Rich tales...A unique window into modern women's quest for meaning and calm in an ever more chaotic world."--Gwendolyn Bounds, author of Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, A Town, and the Search for What Matters Most
"Two great friends, two fascinating individual stories, and a memoir that reads like a novel..."--Lian Dolan, author of Satellite Sisters' UnCommon Senses
"The Bach Minuet of memoirs...two vastly different stories...woven into the other to form a single, gorgeous melody."--Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe and the forthcoming Suicide Wood
"An honest, funny, often wrenching memoir that follows childhood friends...as they...withstand the ups and downs of marriage and kids."--Parenting Magazine
"With grit, honesty, and humor...Their engrossing tale of friendship celebrates the importance of having a confidante."--More Magazine, HOT SUMMER READS
"James and Mauney write about their friendship . . . in a way that will leave you saying 'Me too.'"--Richmond Times-Dispatch
James and Mauney write about their friendship . . . in a way that will leave you saying Me too. --Richmond Times-Dispatch"
Their book pays tribute to the advances that feminism brought and to the enduring value of female friendship.--Publishers Weekly"
Filled with concerns about love, work, men, marriage and motherhood that could be a favorite of women s reading groups. --Kirkus Reviews"
Two great friends, two fascinating individual stories, and a memoir that reads like a novel --Lian Dolan, author of Satellite Sisters' UnCommon Senses"
Rich tales A unique window into modern women s quest for meaning and calm in an ever more chaotic world. --Gwendolyn Bounds, author of Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, A Town, and the Search for What Matters Most"
The Bach Minuet of memoirs two vastly different stories woven into the other to form a single, gorgeous melody. --Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe and the forthcoming Suicide Wood"
With grit, honesty, and humor Their engrossing tale of friendship celebrates the importance of having a confidante. --More Magazine, HOT SUMMER READS"
An honest, funny, often wrenching memoir that follows childhood friends as they withstand the ups and downs of marriage and kids. --Parenting Magazine"
Dateline NBC s Sara James and her great friend Ginger Mauney have mastered the art of staying connected. --Today Show"
Sometimes the most unlikely people become best friends a wonderful book. --CBS This Morning"

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